Anne Hollonds is one of Australia’s leading voices on child and family wellbeing. She commenced as Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies in September 2015. Anne has extensive experience in policy and practice, and over 20 years’ experience as a Senior Executive, including 17 years as Chief Executive of two large non-government organisations providing complex health, education and social services focussed on the wellbeing of children, youths, adults, families, and communities.
As CEO of Relationships Australia NSW and the Benevolent Society, and in national sector leadership roles, Anne has built effective collaborations with Australian and international researchers, governments, business and philanthropy to support evidence-informed innovation, system reform and service improvements. Her commitment to building bridges between research, policy and practice has facilitated new cross-sector collaborations and impact investment in prevention and early intervention, and in sector reform, including in family law, child protection and domestic violence prevention.
Prior to moving into executive leadership roles her career was in front-line practice and tertiary education in child and family counselling, mental health services, community development, child protection, out-of-home care and adoption, aged and disability care, family law mediation, and domestic violence. She has led evidence-based service improvements, including building improved responsiveness to the needs of children, youths and adults from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Anne has a professional background as a psychologist and social worker, combined with an MBA, and has participated in international executive programs in strategy, leadership and change at Harvard and Stanford universities. She is a member of the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Council and was Co-Chair from 2013-16; Board member of the International Commission on Couple and Family Relations since 2010; and Queensland Family and Child Commission Advisory Council member since 2015. Anne is also on several expert advisory groups for research and policy development across Australia. Anne has two daughters and a newly-arrived baby grandson.